Denby CC return to action with a defeat

Denby first team got back on the field for the first time in three weeks at Ticknall but they were unable to break their recent spell of poor form and slumped to a five-wicket loss.

The start of the game was delayed due to a wet patch on the outfield and reduced to 39 overs each side with Denby being put into bat after losing the toss.

With the wicket providing some assistance to bowlers it was no surprise that batting was tough in the early stages with the first 3 wickets falling for 49.

Thereafter, it was the Denby batsmen who took charge through Sunil Bhatt (47) and to scorer Peter Burgoyne who played fluently for his 63.

Lottie Sesele and Dan Burgoyne gave the innings a boost at the end as they hit 33 and 23 respectively to lift the final score to 210 for 7. Among the Ticknall bowlers Shahid Khan managed to maintain some control and was rewarded with figures of 4 for 54 from his 12 over stint.

By the time Ticknall batted the pitch was somewhat easier and with short straight boundaries and some wayward bowling they were soon ahead of the required run rate.

Paul Borrington got his side away to a good start scoring a run-a-ball 73 and with Denby contributed 50 in extras the pressure was off the rest of the batting.

Eddie Ikin contributed 28 and Shahid Khan 18 not out to guide Ticknall to a five-wicket win with nearly four overs remaining.

Eddie Lowe picked up 3 for 45 and there were a couple of wickets for Mark Footitt but unfortunately none of the Denby bowlers were able to bowl a tight enough spell that would have provided a positive result on the day.

Their woes were further compounded when they were docked two points for a slow over rate a decision which many would deem as harsh as a good part of the Ticknall innings was played with a wet ball due to rain.

There is no doubt Denby are competing with most sides in the league although they are struggling to put in the all-round performances which would bring them a run of results.

The season is not going to get any easier with the next two matches being Swarkestone and Sandiacre who are occupying the top two places in the table.

Denby thirds lifted their spirits and league position with a 27-point haul at Duffield.

Put in to bat they made a competitive 179 for 6 from the allotted 46 over innings. Anil Bria and Rob Peat batted well together and got into the thirties and then the Cherry brothers came together to lift the rate as Ross made an unbeaten 37 and Joe 22.

Duffield made a good start in reply as Steve Muskett made a half-century and fellow opener Will Witten scored 27.

Once they had been parted it was a completely different story as the innings fell apart collapsing to 110 all out. Simon Bria in his first outing of the season took 4 for 49 and the ever reliable Andy Parkin 5 for 30. Saturday sees Denby back at the Copper Yard with Belper Amatuers as the visitors.

As regards the second and fourth teams they suffered another Copper Yard washout with both grounds still waterlogged. Surely at some point the rain will hold off to allow summer to get started.

If it does on Saturday the seconds will host Sandiacre seconds while the fourths travel to Pilsley.

Denby juniors collected their first trophies of the season in the under 15 and under 13 age groups.

The fifteens won their league after a solid performance saw them beat Allestree by 50 runs so with 1 game remaining they now have an unassailable lead over their nearest rivals while the under 13’s then followed up with a superb performance to win by ten wickets against Darley Abbey in the Derby and District Cup final.

So some reward for the young players who have seen some 50 per cent of their games rained off in this soggy summer.